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But while the ingredients are the same, Ballard and Palahniuk bake at completely different temperatures. Unlike his British counterpart, who tends to cast his American protagonists in a chilly light, holding them close enough to dissect but far enough away to eliminate any possibility of kinship, Palahniuk isn't happy unless he's first-person front and center, completely entangled in the whole sordid mess. An intensely psychological novel that never runs the risk of becoming clinical, Fight Club is about both the dangers of loyalty and the dreaded weight of leadership, the desire to band together and the compulsion to head for the hills. In short, it's about the pride and horror of being an American, rendered in lethally swift prose. Fight Club's protagonist might occasionally become foggy about who he truly is (you'll see what I mean), but one thing is for certain: you're not likely to forget the book's author. Never mind Ballardesque. Palahniukian here we come! --Bob Michaels --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This is a fabulous book written in a very unique style.
After Invisible Monsters, it seems like Palahniuk is just retreading the same ideas and style of prose with new characters and story.
I love the movies, don't get me wrong, but there is so much more you can get out of a good book, and Chuck is like that.
It's a quick read and worth reading even if you've seen the movie. It has a somewhat darker ending which is neither better nor worse than the movie, just different and puts a... Read morePublished 1 day ago by E. Williams
I read this in a day and thoroughly enjoyed it. The cult classic lived up to it's reputation more than I thought it would.Published 2 days ago by Bradley
really good book!! way better than the movie by far. not a bad readPublished 2 days ago by Michelle koch
I was all YEP, YEP, I TOTALLY GET IT. TOTALLY AGREE, until I was like UH… WAIT, WHAT, HUH? Then I was all OH…. OHHHH. Well played maestro. Bravo Chuck.Published 3 days ago by Eva Jackson
I enjoyed the book alot. Some parts I did find dragged a little longer than I would have cared for, however it was still a great read. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jason
This novel has a hard edge with a great sense of dark humor. Read the first chapter (it's short) in Kindle First Look. If it intrigues you, then you'll find this book fascinating. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Moody Van